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57 B.C.

The Los Angeles Times of November 17, 2001, says that the Indian New Year occurred the previous day, November 16, and that it began the year 2058 -- signifying an Era benchmarked at 57 BC. This would be the Vikrama Era, a historical alternative to the Saka and other Indian eras, with a New Year reckoned from the lunar month of Kârttika; but the Times article contains no discussion of what the Era is or about possible alternates. The Times article and the New Year celebration at the cited Hindu temple in Los Angeles, thus raised more questions than they answered. Probably the temple was using one of the traditional, regional Indian calendars, of which there are many, covered by Indian publications but not even by the The Oxford Companion to the Year. http://www.friesian.com/calendar.htm
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